Kingmaker-Rise of the Artificers
Exploring the Stolen Lands Presented on the following pages are rules for exploring, claiming, and keeping control of a large tract of wilderness. Although specialized for use in the Kingmaker Adventure Path, you can use these rules and guidelines for any exploration-themed campaign. The expanse of the Stolen Lands has not, in Brevoyâs recent memory, been accurately mapped, and part of the task set before the PCs is to rectify this gap. As they explore the region, they and their companions are expected to keep track of what they find in order to keep Brevoy informed of strong and weak points of defense and to determine possible sites for roads, towns, and other fortifications. While the actual process of claiming resources, setting up patrols, and establishing a border for a new kingdom is detailed in Pathfinder Adventure Path volume #32, the preliminary stages of that process begin in this volume, with exploration.
These rules and guidelines should continue to aid you as the PCsâ exploration of the Stolen Lands expands out of the Greenbelt and into the other three regions.
Movement in the Stolen Lands Each hex on the map of the Stolen Lands is 12 miles across (between opposite corners) and covers just under 150 square miles of area. These hexes are provided not only as a way to help define the land (and eventually aid in defining the territory of the kingdom the PCs are destined to rule), but also as an aid in tracking travel through the Stolen Lands.
In Chapter 7 of the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook, Tables 7â"6 and 7â"8 on page 172 list how long it takes for a person to travel through various terrains. In this Adventure Path, though, characters will also be taking time to fully explore hexes on the mapâ"doing so takes much longer than simply walking through a hex. To determine how long it takes the PCs to travel through a hex or to fully explore it, determine the groupâs speed (which is set by the slowest member of the group) and consult the tables below.
For traveling, the amount of time it takes to cross one hex s listed. For exploring, the amount of time listed is to fully investigate the hex. Until the PCs spend money to create rails and roads, all of the Stolen Lands are considered to be trackless. In some hexes, more than one terrain is present in a hex. In such cases, calculate that hexâs effect on travel as if it were a hex of the dominant terrain type.
Terrain Types Forests: The forests of the Stolen Lands are densely vegetated, but generally crisscrossed with game trails and numerous clearings. The trees here typically consist of oaks, beech, rushleaf, and smaller scrub.
Hills: The rolling hills of the Stolen Lands are often pocked by small caves, twisting valleys, and small woodlands that crown hilltops or nestle in clefts.
Mountains: Although mountains in the Stolen Lands are relatively low in elevation (rarely rising more than 1,000 feet), they are often quite rugged and sheer, forcing travelers to follow old riverbeds, gorges, and twisting trails.
Plains: The grasslands and moors of the Stolen Lands vary from relatively open plains to swaths of tall grass that grows up to 3 feet high in places. Small copses of two to six trees are not uncommon.
Swamps: Swamps are a confounding mix of soggy ground, partially dry hummocks, tangled undergrowth, and deep pools of murky water. Travel in a straight line is impossible, requiring constant course adjustments.
Water: A river varies from 50 to 500 feet in width. Infrequent bridges and fords that allow a river to be crossed are indicated on the map where they appear, but in most cases, travel across a river requires swimming or boating. If the PCs wish to try swimming, all members of the group must make DC 15 Swim checks. If all members (and all mounts) make the check, then that particular river crossing doesnât impact travel time through the hex. Otherwise, add 1 hour to the amount of time spent traveling for each failed Swim check. Lakes are calmer than rivers and may be navigated with a DC 10 Swim check, but their larger size makes swimming across them dangerousâ"as a general rule, if the PCs lack boats or actual swim speeds, itâs best to simply treat lakes as barriers to travel and force the travelers to circumnavigate the edges.
Tracking Exploration The easiest method to track the PCsâ progress as PCs travel and explore the Stolen Lands is to do so on hex paper. A sheet of blank hex paper is provided in the Kingmaker Playerâs Guide, available as a free PDF at paizo.com. As the PCs explore hexes, they should notate their progress by placing a small âXâ in the hex. Tracking which hexes are fully explored is important for determining exploration rewards and establishing a nationâs territory.
I’ll be working on a nice detailed hex map that we’ll keep track of your exploration with.
Rewards for Exploration With each hex of terrain fully explored, the party earns 100 experience points.